The Border Conference, officially known as the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association, was an NCAA-affiliated college athletic conference founded in 1931 that disbanded following the 1961–62 season. Centered in the southwestern United States, the conference included nine member institutions located in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
|No. of teams||6 (final) 9 (total)|
|Region||Southwestern United States|
- 1931 - The Border Conference (also known as the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association) was founded. Charter members included the University of Arizona, Arizona State Teachers College at Flagstaff (now Northern Arizona University), Arizona State Teachers College at Tempe (now Arizona State University), the University of New Mexico and New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (now New Mexico State University), effective beginning the 1931-32 academic year.
- 1932 - Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) joined the Border, effective the 1932-33 academic year.
- 1935 - The College of Mines and Metallurgy of the University of Texas (now the University of Texas at El Paso) joined the Border, effective the 1935-36 academic year.
- 1941 - Hardin–Simmons University and West Texas State Teachers College (now West Texas A&M University) joined the Border, effective the 1941-42 academic year.
- 1952 - New Mexico left the Border to join the Skyline Conference (a.k.a. the Mountain States Conference), effective after the 1951-52 academic year.
- 1953 - Northern Arizona left the Border to join the New Mexico Conference, effective after the 1952-53 academic year.
- 1957 - Texas Tech left the Border to join the Southwest Conference, effective after the 1956-57 academic year.
- 1962 - The Border ceased operations as an athletic conference, effective after the 1962-63 academic year; as many schools left to find new conference homes, effective beginning the 1963-64 academic year: Arizona and Arizona State to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC); while Hardin–Simmons, New Mexico State, UTEP and West Texas A&M began to compete as Independents.
- Formerly known as Arizona State Teachers College at Tempe until 1958.
- Currently an NCAA Division III athletic conference.
- Formerly known as the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (New Mexico A&M) until 1960.
- New Mexico State had joined the following subsequent conferences: as an NCAA FBS Independent from 1962–63 to 1969–70; the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) from 1970–71 to 1982–83; the Big West Conference from 1983–84 to 1999–2000; and the Sun Belt Conference from 2000–01 to 2004–05.
- Formerly known as the College of Mines and Metallurgy of the University of Texas (Texas Mines), later Texas Western College until 1967.
- The UTEP men's basketball team joined the Border a few years after it became a full member for other sports (1938–39).
- Formerly known as West Texas State Teachers College until 1990.
- West Texas A&M had joined the following subsequent conferences: as an NCAA FBS Independent from 1962–63 to 1971–72; the Missouri Valley Conference from 1972–73 to 1985–86; and as an NCAA D-II Independent from 1991–92 to 1992–93.
- Currently an NCAA Division II athletic conference.
|Northern Arizona University[a]||Flagstaff, Arizona||1899||Public||22,791||Lumberjacks||1931[b]||1953||New Mexico/Frontier
|University of New Mexico||Albuquerque, New Mexico||1889||Public||25,441||Lobos||1931||1951||Skyline
|Mountain West (MWC)|
|Texas Tech University[c]||Lubbock, Texas||1923||Public||40,666||Red Raiders||1932||1957[d]||Southwest (SWC)
- Formerly known as Arizona State Teachers College at Flagstaff until 1966.
- The Northern Arizona men's basketball team joined the Border a year after it became a full member for other sports (1932–33).
- Formerly known as Texas Technological College until 1969.
- The Texas Tech men's basketball team competed on an Independent schedule on its final season in the Border for its transition to the Southwest Conference as a full member.
Texas Tech holds the most conference championships at seven. Arizona State won six conference championships followed by Arizona (three), Hardin–Simmons (two) and both West Texas State and the Texas State School of Mines hold one each. From 1932 to 1934 and 1943 to 1945 no champion was named. There were only two seasons where the title was split and two co-champions were named; 1938, New Mexico and New Mexico A&M and in 1942 Hardin–Simmons and Texas Tech. The winner of the conference title generally received an invitation to serve as the host team for the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
Current conference affiliations of former membersEdit
The nine former football-playing members of the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association are currently affiliated with the following nine conferences (all NCAA Division I FBS unless indicated):
- Arizona State University and University of Arizona – Pac-12 Conference
- Hardin–Simmons University – American Southwest Conference (Division III)
- University of New Mexico – Mountain West Conference
- New Mexico State University – Independent (football), Western Athletic Conference (all other sports). Moving fully to Conference USA in 2023.
- Northern Arizona University – Big Sky Conference (Division I FCS)
- University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) – Conference USA
- Texas Tech University – Big 12 Conference
- West Texas A&M University – Lone Star Conference (Division II)